When you sit down to meditate and us an app or timer on your mobile phone, the last thing you want is it to start ringing and buzzing with an incoming call. While some people put their phone on silent, others might be afraid of missing an important call during their meditation.
Right now, it’s only available for Android phones, but the free app puts a mobile phone into the silent mode and if someone calls, it automatically sends them an SMS message letting them know your phone is on silent. It also tells them if the call is important, to reply with the word URGENT, and then you will be alerted to the call.
Once the meditation time is up, a meditation bell automatically chimes to bring you out of meditation, and the app switches off the silent mode so calls can resume.
Created by an app developer and meditator, Insight Timer meditation app for the iPhone, Android and iPad, takes an at-home meditation session to the next level by connecting the user to others who are meditating at the same time around the world.
Through the Insight Connect piece of the app, users can register and view who is meditating at the same time they are, and also see the number of current meditators using the app. There is also the ability to interact with one another.
“The idea behind the community part is to provide the experience of being part of a meditation group even though you may be meditating alone,” said Brad Fullmer, who created the app.
While functioning as a timer, it uses Tibetan singing bowls as bells at the beginning and end of a session, and users can choose which bells they want to here, the length they play and whether they are on a fixed scheduled or used randomly throughout the meditation. It also includes a meditation journal, tracks your sessions, and rewards users with stars for milestones, including 10 consecutive days of meditation.
View the below video tutorial for more information: